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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
What lens on what camera ?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 6
Views: 471
Tough one but i will share my thoughts. Keep in mind that I am a "prime lens" guy.

I would take the K-5ii with the FA31mm as my default lens, with the DA15mm and DA70mm as 'special' focal lengths. This will give a relatively light weight system (body + lens) with outstanding IQ IMHO. The best IQ for the lightest weight!

If you need longer, possibly the Sig 70 - 200 in the bag (but it is heavy).

My 5 cents... hoping that it may help.
Forum: Pentax KP 09-13-2019, 03:13 AM  
KP ridiculously loud while changing aperture in M mode?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 22
Views: 686
Only in M mode?

With any lens, or only a few lens(s)?

I have never experience this and would be interested to read the discussion.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-13-2019, 03:11 AM  
K50 shutter problem
Posted By hcc
Replies: 12
Views: 449
Have you tried a complete reset of the camera? That is, the battery out for several days (eg 1 week). And later using a new fully charged battery.

I had a couple of issues with my K-7 many years ago and a complete reset helped to cure it.

Hope that the trick might help you.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-09-2019, 04:50 PM  
Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC HSM ?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 13
Views: 768
OpticalLimit reviewed the lens (Sigma AF 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM OS - Review / Test Report) and reported ~3% distortion at 17 mm. That is not too large and can best corrected by softwares (eg PTLens software).

Hope that the info may help.
Forum: Pentax K-70 08-21-2019, 04:58 PM  
KP or K70: Upgrade from KS2
Posted By hcc
Replies: 13
Views: 770
You already received some good advice and BigMakCam asks a very pertinent question. Do you you want to change camera or do you went better/ or newer results?

Have you considering investing in new lens(s)? I found that a good prime lens can give you great satisfaction. While I shoot with my K-3 mostly, I still have great satisfaction using my older K-7 with a FA Limited, a VL or a CZ prime. Yes it is worth to invest in great primes and you can get a lot of pleasure and great results, even with an older camera.

Food for thoughts...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-19-2019, 09:31 PM  
Posted By hcc
Replies: 14
Views: 739
You already got some good advice If the budget permits, consider the Zeiss and Voigtlander lenses. They are all FF. Among the CZ and VL that I own, the Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4 is special. It gives superb IQ and is truly outstanding, even in poor lighting conditions. If I was to keep only one lens, I would likely keep my VL58mm f1.4.

My 5 cents....
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-14-2019, 06:50 PM  
needing some upgrade advice and think I hit paralysis by analysis!
Posted By hcc
Replies: 16
Views: 892
I have shot volleyball before. I am a player but my family also plays. So I photograph the family. I will share here my experience.

In my opinion, there two challenges: (a) lighting and (b) from where to shoot. Many VB places do not have a good lighting. This means that you need to use a fast lens to acheive a fast shutter speed (1/250 s or faster) and I recommend a fast prime (f1.4). A MF lens is preferable to shoot fast. Next where ar you? I try to shoot from the replacement bench, about 3 to 5 m from the line. From there I chose a focal lengths about 50-90mm (on APS-C). Finally get a fast SD card and shoot in JPEG. I set my camera to record up to 20 s burst before the camera slow down.

I used the K-7 coupled to a fast 50 prime lens (Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4). Not too bad IMHO, but the K-3 was a major improvement. So I would recommend strongly a camera like the K-3 with a fast bursting. My best shots were obtained with the Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4, although I also got some decent shots with the CZ85mm f1.4. Both are MF lens. In terms of techniques, I prefocus my camera+lens on the given point: e.g. the net, or a player and shoot burst, starting the ball arrive there. I tend to use shutter priority mode, setting 1/1,0000 s or faster, depending upon the lighting. Ideally I go for 1/8,000 s.

Hope that the comment may help.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-12-2019, 03:29 PM  
Best LTD Prime Lens To Stitch
Posted By hcc
Replies: 26
Views: 1,223
You already received great advice and I understand that you like 35mm focal length.

I shoot APS-C cameras (K-7, K-01, K-3) and my best landscape lens is the DA15mm Ltd. However for stiching, I prefer to use a fast 50 mm (my favourite is the Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4) I can very very strongly recommend it: superb IQ, sturdy, metallic, and the MF is perfect for great stiching.(I found that AF can sometimes change things slightly between shots, making the stiching difficult/tricky.)

My 5 cents, hoping that it may help.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-12-2019, 03:22 PM  
What is absolutely, positively necessary to carry in your camera bag ?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 50
Views: 2,298
Fully-charged spare + fibreless cloth to clean your lens + USB cable to download your photo (+ spare SD card if your have only one card slot).

My take for a small absolute minimum!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-10-2019, 03:33 AM  
Lenses for London
Posted By hcc
Replies: 12
Views: 661
Last time I was in Paris, I took 2 primes to save space:

Primes in Paris -

The DA15mm is a must. I would suggest a fast 50 as second prime.

My 5 cents.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-09-2019, 05:22 PM  
What lenses to bring for a trip to Paris and a tour through France
Posted By hcc
Replies: 19
Views: 802
You already received good advice.

You may be interested to check the post: Primes in Paris -

In 2013, I used the K-7 with the DA15mm Ltd and Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4. I would to the same with my K-3 nowadays.

Hope that the comment may help.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 08-04-2019, 01:46 AM  
What gear to take on Central Australia Trip?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 22
Views: 1,022
It can be dusty in central OZ. While you already get some good advice, I would suggest a different approach: 2 bodies and 2 primary lenses mounted on the bodies to avoid lens swapping.

I may suggest a primary combo of K-3 + Tamron 18- 50mm, 2.8 and K-7 + Pentax FA 50mm, 1.4, SMC. I would add in the luggage (to swap indoor or in your accommodation) the Tamron 70-200mm, 2.8 (and possilby the Tamron 90mm, 2.8).

I have also a K-3 and K-7, plus a few lenses. I like to use a combo of 2 body+lens systems. Very easy to switch from one system to another. Based upon this experience, my suggestions. The K-7 still works wonder at low ISO (up to ISO400 IMHO, possibly ISO800), especially mounted with a fast prime. In your case, the FA50mm f1,4.. The K-3 is a great all-rounder body. The Tamron 17-50 f2.8 should work nicely as the main lens, with the 70-200mm for longer tele.

My 5 cents, hoping that the advice may help you to nail great shots.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-29-2019, 12:49 AM  
Upgrading my K30
Posted By hcc
Replies: 18
Views: 1,025
You already received good advice. I will take here a different perspective.

I would invest in a couple of couple quality great IQ lenses, rather than a new body. A body looses value very quickly, but a great lens is worth every penny.

I continue to use my K-7 mated with good IQ primes, like the FA77m and VL58mm f1.4. If you like landscape and portrait, I would recommend based upon my experience the FA77mm f1.8 Ltd and the DA15mm Ltd. The FA77mm is superb for portrait and surprisingly good for landscape, incl. sunset and sunrise. The DA15mm Ltd is a superb wide angel pancake lens, Excellent for urban shots as well as landscape. Both are AF.

My 5 cents, hoping that it may help.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-28-2019, 12:05 PM  
First macro lens : Sigma 70mm or Pentax 100mm ?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 33
Views: 1,155
You already received some good advice. I think that we , as a community, are lucky by so many excellent macrolenses around 70-100mm: Sigma 105 mm, Sigma 70mm, Pentax D-FA100 mm, Tamron 90 mm SP. All great lenses and you cannot go wrong with any of these.

Consider whether size and weight would be an issue. In the affirmative, the Pentax DFA100mm and Tamron 90 mm would be better choices because they are smaller and lighter. In the negative, you have plenty of choice.

My 5 cents.
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-16-2019, 02:03 PM  
K5IIs Perfect Camera for Me, Except the Low Light Focus Thing, Alternative?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 10
Views: 874
You already received some good advice.

I will share a different yet relevant comment. I have 3 Pentax bodies: K-7, K-01 (same sensor as K-5) and K-3. I believe that the K-01 (and K-5) is a good camera for low light, but too many people forget the importance of a good fast lens in low light. A large aperture AF/MF lens (f1.4) will give you a great advantage to shoot in low light. And a large aperture (f1.4) MF lens will give you an edge in very-low light conditions when the AF cannot confirm.

I know that my K-3 body is better at high ISO than my K-01, which itself is better at low light than my K-7 camera. But, I continue to shoot in low light with my K-7 with a fast MF lens and bet happy with my shots. I know that I use a 'trump card', my loved VL Nokton f1.4. But the combo of K-7+fast MF lens will give me a better low light capability than my K-3 with a kit lens. (Sorry to be honest and blunt.)

To sum up, if you are not happy with low light shots, get a fast lens. Your K-5 with a fast lens will deliver....

My 5 cents.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-15-2019, 07:38 PM  
To full or not to full (frame) - that is the question
Posted By hcc
Replies: 90
Views: 3,891
You already received great feedback IMHO.

I would ask a different question. Do you need a FF body, or are you craving for FF lenses? I note that you do not have any of the three amigos (FA Ltd):hmm:.

From where I sit, I am happy with an APS-C body. I have K-7, K-01 and K-3. The K-3 does almost all what I want, although I might consider a new body in 2-3 years possibly. But ... I love my FF lenses and I would not come back from high-quality FF lenses, like the Pentax FA Ltd's (I love my FA77mm), the Voigtlander 's (the Nokton 58 mm is a super lens) and even the Zeiss's.

I wonder if what you need is a good FF lens !!!

Many Pentaxians wrote here that a good lens is worth every penny. How true!

My 5 cents.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 06-14-2019, 08:00 PM  
House-made Fruit tart
Posted By hcc
Replies: 3
Views: 694
Wham! I envy you!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-30-2019, 02:08 AM  
What's your favorite 2008-2013 APS-C Pentax DSLR and do you still use it?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 71
Views: 4,468
K-3, K-7 and K-01.
My K-3 is my primary camera. I love it and I enjoy its versatility.

But I still love the K-7 at low ISO with a good quality prime. While my K-7 is my secondary body, I tend to take it when I am going rough: e.g. on construction site, in muddy area. The K-7 is built like a tank and its IQ at low ISO is very decent with a good prime.

My 5 cents.
Forum: Visitors' Center 05-09-2019, 10:27 PM  
What (body, lenses) to take on a hot air balloon
Posted By hcc
Replies: 14
Views: 691
You already have good advice. I would add two comments.

For selfies or shots with hot air balloon passenger(s) in the shot, a wide angle lens is a 'must' (DA15mm Ltd !?).

Also what will be the light? Do yous start at dawn or after sunset? In the former, take a faster lens for the early sunrise.

My 5 cents.
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-01-2019, 05:32 PM  
Low-Light Charity Event Lens
Posted By hcc
Replies: 7
Views: 752
I shoot in low-light without flash on my K-3 and a fast prime lens is always my preferred selection.

Have you considered a fast prime (f1.8 or 1.4)? The plastic fantastic DA50mm f1.8 come in mind for AF, or an older fast 50mm f1.4 with MF. All of these are relatively cheap lenses. Off course you could also conside higher end lens (DA*55mm, D-FA50mm f1.4) :).

Food for thoughts
Forum: Pentax KP 04-21-2019, 03:15 PM  
Posted By hcc
Replies: 10
Views: 781
+1 with Steve.

Pentax always adds a few bug resolution and small improvements in its firmwares. I always use the latest firmware version on all my Pentax, even if the 'official' purpose (eg DFA50mm) to irrelevant to me (at least for now).

Hope that the advice will assist, and good shooting.
Forum: General Photography 04-19-2019, 12:10 AM  
Help me choose this year's Fair submissions
Posted By hcc
Replies: 15
Views: 864
I love the 3rd one with the dolphins.

Good luck.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-16-2019, 03:12 PM  
Lens advice
Posted By hcc
Replies: 8
Views: 672
I have a K-01 and DA18-135mm. The DA18-135mm works nicely on the K-01. My wide, who is not as versed with photography, use the same combo (K01+DA18-135mm) without any problem.

I tend to set the camera to shutter speed priority to avoid blur caused by low shutter speed.

Hope that the comment may help.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-27-2019, 02:40 AM  
FA* 300mm f4.5 vs. DA*300mm f4 - which is better full-frame?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 13
Views: 1,129
Both lenses are well-liked by Pentaxians. See the reviews.

I shoot APS-C and I selected the FA*300mm f4.5 over the DA*300 f4, mostly because of the weight and size. I shoot handheld and carry my lenses bushwalking. I value highly the lighter weight and smaller size of the FA*300 mm f4.5. I feel further that the FA*300 f4.5 is better balanced than the DA*300mm. In my cases, while both lenses are great, the FA*300mm was better suited to my needs.

My 5 cents, hoping that it may help.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-25-2019, 06:12 PM  
What's the highest rated lens you own according to PF?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 111
Views: 5,165
Voigtlander 125mm f2.5: Rating = 10

Expensive but a true beauty for macro. It took me a couple of years to learn how to use it best. But it is outstanding and worth the investment IMHO.
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